The Grizzly Paw Fest Märzen
Reviewed by Brady White on October 1, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
- Origin: Canmore, AB, CA
- Rated On: October 1, 2016
- Best Before: bottled September 28, 2016
- ABV: 5.8%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: Oktoberfest/Marzen
- Rating: GOOD !
This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with one pudgy finger of faintly bubbly and mostly wispy dirty white head, which leaves a pleasant array of spooky woodland lace around the glass as things quickly move along.
It smells of bready, almost pastry-like caramel malt, further biscuity toffee, a bit of apple and pear fruitiness, and soft earthy, leafy, and somewhat floral hops. The taste is more grainy, doughy, and sort of toasted caramel malt, watery toffee, a soft black and white pepper spice, subtle yeast, a hint of elevated metallic booziness, and some decently bitter earthy, leafy, and weedy noble hoppiness. The carbonation is duly adequate for the job, via its playful frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee nascent creaminess arising as things warm up a bit. It finishes off-dry, and still robustly malty – the hops continuing to play subservient second fiddle.
Grizzly Paw’s Märzen is what it should be, a cracker shot malt bomb, sure, but somehow not overly sweet, which engenders strong notions of putting back more and more. Too bad, however, that I am situated where I am – too many other interesting (local, even) choices abound. But if in Canmore on a brisk autumn afternoon – a few rounds of this would really hit the spot.